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Former Dublin Star Eoghan O'Gara Set To Make Wexford SFC Debut

Former Dublin Star Eoghan O'Gara Set To Make Wexford SFC Debut
Rory Cassidy
By Rory Cassidy
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Eoghan O'Gara, the former Dublin forward, looks set to make his debut in the Wexford Senior Football Championship this weekend for Shelmaliers.

The Shels face Sarsfields on Sunday afternoon at Chadwicks Wexford Park in the opening game of their championship campaign.

The men from Castlebridge, Screen and Curracloe will be looking to retain their county title which they won last year and the presence of O'Gara significantly boosts their chances.

Shelmaliers also performed well in the Leinster Club championship narrowly losing out to Naas in the semi-final at the end of the year.

Their victory over Naomh Máirtín of Louth in the previous round marked the first time a Wexford side had won a Leinster senior club championship match since 2004.


The 36-year-old had his transfer from his former club Templeogue Synge Street to the club of his wife Elaine approved back in April by the Leinster Council.

O'Gara won seven All-Ireland senior medals with Dublin, along with nine Leinster senior football championship titles ensuring that he will be the most decorated player to feature in this year's Wexford club championship by some distance.


Eoghan O'Gara impressed in league

At the beginning of June in the All-County League Division 1 final, O'Gara kicked three points as Shelmaliers took the title beating Crossabeg-Ballymurn 7-12 to 0-16.

Long serving county star Brian Malone, who hung up the purple and gold jersey last year, was deployed at full-forward in that league final and scored three goals.

Malone made over 170 competitive appearances for Wexford over a 16-year period playing a key role in Wexford's run to the All-Ireland semi-final in 2008.


Shelmaliers will be looking to become the first side since Horeswood in 2005 and 2006 to win back-to-back county titles as they aim to get their hands on the Seamus Keevans Memorial Cup.

The match this weekend is the second in a double header with Crossabeg-Ballymurn taking on the Starlights from Enniscorthy before O'Gara's anticipated debut.

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